Don't look like a schlub this winter. Stop wearing the same ill-fitting outfits you don't even like and stop your significant other from nagging you to dress better this season. Here is a guide to winter layering with versatile basics that will come in handy in several outfits. With this information you can dress better without breaking the bank. Looking good isn't about spending a lot of money, it's about confidence and simplicity. This week we are working on clean, easy, and subtle, regardless of your budget.
Here's our first look. It's a bright spot on a cool winter or fall day with a touch of color. Layer with a well fitting white under shirt, that way no other color comes through and competes with the button up. This can be dressed up or down depending on the texture of the tie and the selection of footwear. Go casual with some nicer sneakers, think brand new vans. Dress it up with a wingtip or a nice brown slip-on, think Allen Edmonds.
The Components - A blue blazer, a colorful button up, pair of solid quality denim jeans, a colorful tie and a white v-neck.
Look number two features a darker tone, but just as simple to put together. The old adage goes that black and brown don't go together, however that's a matter of taste and tone. The tan, while technically in the brown family, is a much lighter shade and goes great with blacks and grays. Wear this look with leather or faux boots, you choose black or brown. Just remember to mind your tone!
The Components - A black sport coat, long sleeved heather gray henley, and tan denim or khakis.
Look number three is a cozy look with warm layers. The thick sweater is a staple item for your closet this time of year. It goes great with several looks and can be dressed up or down. Here the sweater comes together in layers with another staple of the fall/winter wardrobe, the waffle shirt. This is a great look for a weekend with a chill in the air, maybe even get the fire pit going. Wear this with a pair of boots or high top casual sneaker.
The Components - A pair of solid quality denim jeans, brown long-sleeved waffle shirt, and tan wool sweater.
Look number four is as basic as it gets, but you'll see how good basic can look. Grab your comfiest sweater or cardigan and wear it over a simple white tee or v-neck. Think boots with this outfit, preferably brown leather or faux.
The Components - A warm cardigan sweater, well fitted tan denim or khakis and a white v-neck.
We decided to test a couple of the looks with Rateb. We went with one dressed up and one casual. I was excited to see these ideas in the wild!
Wear this look with confidence, a bold tie, and fresh sunglasses. The watch is a nice accessory detail with this look. Feel free to try a pocket square if you're comfortable doing it.
This look is composed with some serious basics that all men should own. Scarf, nice white shirt, nice sunglasses, a nice watch, and a sharp pair of dress boots.
Rateb killed it as a model and co-stylist, can you believe it was this man's first time? We can have you looking this fresh as well, just contact us.
Here's a warmer version of that look, short sleeves won't work all year.
I don't know a lot of guys that own scarves, that should change. Scarves are versatile and keep you warm, that's the primary goal. Also, I think I'm levitating in one of these pics.
Have a nice, neutral colored coat that can complete an outfit, always think versatile. This gray coat goes great with the sweater and the scarf.
I always look for a way to personalize the outfit with my own style. Sometimes that is a pair of shoes, a hat, or here my sunglasses. The aviator is always in if you have the confidence and swagger to pull it off. If you like these looks and want to figure out how to dress this fresh, contact us. If you want want great photographs of the occasion, call Nine19 Photography. ;)
Styling by: Rooted Men's Style
Photography by: Nine19 Photography
Justin is the Founder and Editor at Large for Rooted, A Gentlemen's Blog. He grew up in Illinois as a military brat but has made Raleigh his home for the last decade. These experiences influence his views expressed on The Gentlemen's Blog. He enjoys sports, politics, music, entertainment, and humor. For Justin, nothing is off limits. He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his pup, Bruce.